Keep protest­ing, but don’t play into Trump’s hands

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

Time and again, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has done, or tried to do, things so far out­side our so­cial and po­lit­i­cal norms that he is dam­ag­ing the fab­ric of Amer­i­can life. We are con­sis­tently caught flat­footed, mouths agape at his ac­tions.

Just on Tues­day, he was again politi­ciz­ing the Cen­sus. Be­fore that, he sent mys­te­ri­ous mil­i­ta­rized forces into Port­land, Ore­gon, where they are be­hav­ing like se­cret po­lice in a ba­nana repub­lic. Be­fore that . . . well, you know what he has been do­ing. We live with it on the news ev­ery day.

We need to be in the streets, non­vi­o­lently, protest­ing what he is do­ing and what the GOP is al­low­ing him to do. We need to be in the streets on the scale of the Women’s March at the very least.

But I think we can stop pulling down stat­ues. I think that point has been made, and fur­ther progress should be achieved at the lo­cal level by speak­ing up in city council meet­ings.

And def­i­nitely stop break­ing win­dows, turn­ing over po­lice cars and set­ting fires. That sim­ply plays into Trump’s hands and give him an ex­cuse to send forces into any city he chooses.

Con­sider: Is Trump try­ing to cre­ate un­rest? If there is enough un­rest and vi­o­lence over the rest of the sum­mer, would Trump try to de­lay the elec­tion? Would the GOP go along with him?

Don­ald Trump has shown us, over and over, we have to con­sider the un­think­able — be­fore he does it.

Michael Hart, West Ridge

ALEXAN­DER GOULETAS/FOR THE SUN-TIMES

Hun­dreds of pro­test­ers clashed with po­lice and at­tempted to pull down the Christophe­r Colum­bus statue Friday in Grant Park.

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